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  1. Big Ten Basketball: The Top 10 Candidates for Freshman of the Year

    Earlier this week, we broke down the Big Ten's best freshman classes and found Michigan's group the best of the lot. Individually, though, the race for Big Ten Freshman of the Year should be a wild one all the way into March...

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  2. Indiana Basketball: Midseason Report Cards for the Hoosiers' Freshmen

    Indiana's 2012 basketball recruiting class was expected to push the veteran team over the top and return it to the Final Four...

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  3. Big Ten Basketball: Re-Ranking the Conference's Best 2012 Recruiting Classes

    Preseason expectations had multiple Big Ten teams getting serious production from touted freshmen. While that has held true, some of the faces have changed. Players who were expected to step into major roles have produced inconsistent results...

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  4. Indiana Basketball: Is Cody Zeller the Nation's Best Player?

    In the run-up to the 2012-13 college basketball season, Indiana's Cody Zeller was ( almost ) everyone's choice for a first-team All-America position, if not national player of the year...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 2,528 reads 16 comments

  5. Michigan State Bests Wisconsin for B1G Road Win

    Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47, FINAL Wisconsin's arena staff left the lid on the wrong team's basket. The Badgers struggled to make shots all night, but still nearly pulled out the victory over No...

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  6. Indiana Basketball: 5-Step Plan to Earning No. 1 Overall Seed in NCAA Tourney

    Indiana basketball fans are concerned. A surprising home loss to Wisconsin followed closely on the heels of an alarming rally by Minnesota that nearly resulted in another Assembly Hall defeat...

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  7. Ranking the 10 Best Gunners in College Basketball

    College basketball has seen thousands of good three-point shooters since the line's national introduction in 1986. The best of the best, however, are the players who don't simply hoist a long shot at every opportunity...

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  8. Purdue's Better Freshman Point Guard: Ronnie Johnson or Lewis Jackson?

    Purdue basketball has turned out some acclaimed Big Ten point guards over its century and change. From Billy Keller and Brian Walker to Everette Stephens and Porter Roberts, Boilermaker ...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 1,668 reads 1 comments

  9. 10 of College Basketball's Most Indispensable Bench Players

    Every basketball player wants to crack his team's starting five. It's a vote of confidence from the coach, telling the player that he's trusted to get the team out to a fast start and set the desired tempo from the opening tip...

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  10. Purdue Basketball: Ohio State Denies Boilers Another Statement Win at Mackey

    In Saturday's loss to Michigan State, Purdue hung tough for 30 minutes. Against No. 15 Ohio State on Tuesday night, the Boilers found themselves within six points after 38 minutes...

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  11. Purdue vs. Illinois: What We Learned from Boilers' Win in Big Ten Opener

    In the Big Ten Network's opener for Illinois vs. Purdue, a highlighted key for the Boilers was the need for veteran leadership from D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 2,022 reads 9 comments

  12. 12 College Hoops Teams Set to Start Fast as Conference Play Begins

    The real season starts now. The non-conference season can bring fans the occasional heavyweight matchup, but it can also force them to sit through ugly blowouts of schools taking big losses for medium paychecks...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 1,282 reads 7 comments

  13. Purdue Basketball: 5 Improvements Boilermakers Must Make Before Big 10 Play

    The Purdue Boilermakers have given their fans momentary flashes of potential during a rocky 5-6 start. Moments of potential include a pair of narrow losses at Madison Square Garden that got away in the waning minutes...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 1,402 reads 0 comments

  14. Why Is North Texas' Tony Mitchell Not Playing Like an All-American?

    This season is a great one for mid-major talent, with names like Isaiah Canaan, Doug McDermott and C.J. McCollum earning preseason All-America buzz. North Texas' Tony Mitchell got some support for similar honors, but tended to polarize voters...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 2,024 reads 2 comments

  15. Purdue Basketball: Early-Season Grades for Each Boilermaker

    There's not a whole lot that's pretty about the 5-6 start for this season's Purdue Boilermakers. Shooting has often been woeful, turnovers have been overly plentiful and some games have been lost that should have been won...

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  16. Ranking the 20 Greatest Players in Big East Basketball History

    With Thursday's news of seven Catholic schools, many of them founding members, leaving the Big East , a once-great league has taken a major hit to its legacy in the name of chasing football dollars...

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  17. Crossroads Classic Preview: 5 Keys to Purdue vs. Notre Dame

    One of the most anticipated events in a basketball-mad state takes place this Saturday. The Crossroads Classic will draw attention primarily for its matchup of top-ranked Indiana and ...

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  18. Ranking the Big Ten's Top 10 Playmakers

    The typical basketball fan is bred to define a playmaker in the context of a point guard, someone who produces opportunities for teammates with intelligent, precise passing—literally a player who "makes plays" for others...

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  19. Big Ten Basketball: Each Team's Most Surprising Player

    November's role in the college basketball season season is twofold. For the smaller schools, there are long road trips designed to spin money out of games that usually turn into relentless bludgeonings ...

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  20. The 10 Most Controversial Players in College Basketball History

    You think conference realignment is a hot-button topic? Not even close. College basketball has seen scandals as amusing as cash falling out of FedEx boxes and junior college transfers ...

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  21. Aaron Craft vs. Trey Burke: Who's the Better Point Guard?

    Republican vs. Democrat. Coke vs. Pepsi. Boxers vs. briefs. Scarlett Johansson vs. Blake Lively. People make certain choices that tell a lot about them...

    Scott Henry Written by Scott Henry about over 1 year ago 4,288 reads 58 comments

  22. College Basketball: Winners & Losers from Week 3's AP Top 25 Rankings

    The Associated Press college basketball poll is prone to seismic shifts when its top teams suffer defeats, even if the losses are to other high-profile teams...

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  23. 10 College Basketball Coaches with the Most Riding on This Season

    Most coaching storylines center around the guys who are set to lose their jobs—the "hot seat" crowd, if you prefer. This season, like every other, features a great assortment of those kinds of coaches...

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  24. Ranking the Big Ten Coaches by Job Insecurity

    Part of coaching in any sport is dealing with pressure. There's pressure from the fans' expectations, pressure to manage the players' egos and pressure to deal with demands from the coach's superiors, among others...

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  25. Painter Praises Jacob Lawson's Energy as Purdue Crushes Hofstra

    The Purdue Boilermakers were anxious to steam ahead after their season-opening loss to Bucknell . The Hofstra Pride were the unfortunate car stalled on the tracks...

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